In Singapore, when talking about the material used for the doors, it comes down to two, veneer and laminate. But what are the real differences between the two?


The most commonly used laminates used is high-pressure laminates or HPL. Each sheet has a decorative print or colourful sheet on it.


Compared to veneer, it’s extremely durable as it’s scratch and water-resistant. However, they are prone to chipping and cracks. Once damaged, it cannot be repaired.


 Laminates are easier to maintain because they can retain their look for many years. Routine cleaning includes wiping the surface with a wet cloth or soapy water.


There are a lot of colours, designs and finishes for laminates. It’s one of the biggest advantages as it can create the look and feel of natural materials such as stone, wood or even leather.


They are usually sourced from real wood which explains why each sheet has a unique appearance. No two sheets of veneer will look the same.



As veneer are from real trees, it gives them a rich, warm and aesthetically pleasing look. If you don’t like its original colour or finish, you can even it by staining it or choosing gloss or matt for its finishing.


One disadvantage of veneer is that it’s prone to scratches and it may peel off over time. It needs to be sanded and polished to maintain its original look.


Veneer needs to be maintained more often as they are not waterproof and may get damaged by heat. As it’s not waterproof, it’s not recommended for places like kitchens or bathrooms.


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